Australian National University

BobProfessor Robert Furbank Bob is Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Translational Photosynthesis at ANU, having previously been Director of the High Resolution Plant Phenomics Centre at CSIRO from 2009 until 2014. Bob’s research is focused on improving photosynthesis and carbon partitioning traits in crop plants for increased yield. He works on both C3 and C4 photosynthesis and spans approaches from the molecular regulation of transcription to phenomics in the field.  He is passionate about developing translational links between basic plant biology and agricultural outcomes.

Susanne von CaemmererProfessor Susanne von Caemmerer Susanne is Professor of Molecular Plant Physiology at ANU.  Her research is in CO2 fixation including the biochemistry of C3 and C4 photosynthesis and the regulation of CO2 diffusion in leaves. She has worked across scales in biochemistry, molecular biology & plant physiology, combining mathematical modelling with experimental verification. She was part of a team that presented a mathematical model of C3 photosynthesis, which is now used worldwide. She is an elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, The Royal Society of London  and the German Academy of Scientists.

Caitlin ByrtDr Caitlin Byrt Caitlin is a principal investigator in plant biology at ANU and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow. Her research is currently focused on investigating the physiological roles of specific subsets of a type of membrane intrinsic protein in plants called aquaporins, which influence water, salt and nutrient transport. Her previous research led to the identification and characterization of mechanisms in plants that contribute to environmental stress tolerance, such as mechanisms linked to salinity tolerance in cereals.



Dr Florence Danila Flor is a postdoc in Susanne von Caemmerer’s and Robert Furbank’s group. She obtained her PhD at the Australian National University under the supervision of Susanne von Caemmerer, Bob Furbank, Paul Quick and Rosemary White. Flor’s research is focused on leaf symplastic transport and its importance for improved photosynthesis.




Samantha McGaugheyDr Samantha McGaughey Sam is a postdoc in Caitlin Byrt and Robert Furbank’s groups. She completed her PhD at the University of Adelaide under the supervision of Caitlin Byrt and Steve Tyerman. Sam’s research is focused on membrane transport processes and the characterisation of plant protein function.